The leader of Yabloko and its parliamentary faction,
Grigory Yavlinsky, thinks that if the budget for 2001
obtains additional revenues, they should be used to
repay foreign debt. “It would be wrong to use them
for anything else,” stressed Yavlinsky in an interview
with journalists on September 20, 2000.
Yavlinsky also expressed his opinion that “the budget
only reflects part of the economy, only 40 or 50 percent
of the total”; and when referring to the “legal” part
of the budget, one can state that it “looks quite
In principle Yabloko’s deputies may support draft
budget at its first reading, although only in certain
circumstances, noted Yavlinsky. In particular he called
for greater transparency of the budget for 2001. “In
this draft budget the problem of transparency was
not resolved,” added Yavlinsky.
He also pointed out that to date “no serious mechanisms
for legalising the shadow economy” have been proposed.
In addition, stressed Yavlinsky, the
budget must create the conditions for establishing
real federalism in the country. Consequently he noted
that “the actions of the President to restrict the
political powers of governors were correct”, but the
logic of such actions require Moscow “to increase
the economic rights of the regions”, which should
be reflected in the budget.
Speaking about the general economic situation, Grigory
Yavlinsky noted with regret that “this is the third
time that a situation favourable for economic growth
has not been exploited” in the country. According
to Yavlinsky, such chances were lost in 1994 and 1998
and are being lost today. Yavlinsky believes that
this is attributable today to the present political
situation, which is in such a state that today “it
is impossible to talk about any serious investments”,
He also said that on the expiry of a six month term
since the inauguration of President Putin, i.e. by
November 7, Yabloko will prepare a serious analysis
of the economic and political situation in Russia.
Based on Interfax reports.
See also:Alexei Kudrin
notes that the views of the government and Yabloko
coincide on many items of the draft budget for 2001